Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evidence Synthesis Group (HOPES)
The UConn Health Outcomes, Policy, and Evidence Synthesis (HOPES) Group, an Evidence-Based Practice Center for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is a multidisciplinary group of faculty with wide ranging skills, an international reputation for excellence in outcomes research, and capacity to produce high quality results on strict deliverable schedules.
Healthcare decision makers, clinicians, and patients are overwhelmed with information and ill-prepared to determine which practices are truly evidence based. The U.S. health care system often fails to translate study results into best clinical practices because its practitioners lack the resources to assess all of the available literature, reconcile conflicting study findings, judge the strength and applicability of evidence from these findings, compare which option offers greater effectiveness with fewer risks, and extrapolate the impact of clinical outcomes on cost-effectiveness or the impact of intermediate health endpoint alterations on final health outcomes.
Our mission is to promote optimal health outcomes by helping clinicians, patients and decision makers generate, synthesize, and analyze data that supports evidence-based practice through systematic review and meta-analysis, economic modeling, clinical trials, and observational research. Our strength is clinical expertise laid over strong technical and methodological expertise. We understand the clinical dilemmas that health care providers face on a daily basis so we are able assess and create projects that have maximal clinical impact. With over 400 publications in premier journals, numerous national awards for excellence, and international press coverage, we are a responsive and diligent partner all types of outcomes research.
We help remedy the chasm between clinical practice/healthcare decision making and evidence-based decision-making by providing independent, objective, transparent, clinically relevant, and comprehensive projects that can then be directly translated into practice or policy guidelines, performance measures, educational programs, coverage decisions, and reimbursement policies. We drive understanding of the strengths and limitations of methodologies used in outcomes research to promote more transparent, scientifically rigorous, and consistent methodologies. We disseminate findings through peer reviewed publication, media relations, expert panels, and presentations at regional, national, and international meetings.
A signature program within HOPES is the UConn Evidence-based Practice Center which is one of a few centers designated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in North America to conduct comparative effectiveness assessments that can benefit key stakeholders in the health care system (payers, clinicians, medical and patient advocacy organizations, and patients) make evidence-based decisions.